Bachelor of Veterinary Technology (BVetTech)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic Year

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


This program will provide students with the practical skills and knowledge to work as a veterinary technologist and in associated professions that support animal health and welfare. The first two years of the program aim to develop the scientific and technical skills needed to become a veterinary technologist and include a theme of professional development. The final year includes a total of 480 hours of clinical placement to consolidate scientific knowledge and technical skills. Students will have the opportunity to build on their core knowledge and skills by following an area of special interest. This program is based at the Roseworthy Campus.

This program also requires a total of 160 hours of professional work experience to be completed in two 80 hour blocks.  The first block needs to be completed before the beginning of Semester 1 of Level II while the second block then needs to be completed by the end of the mid-semester break of Semester 2 of Level II.
The Bachelor of Veterinary Technology is an AQF Level 7 program with a standard full-time duration of 3 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of health and disease processes in individuals and populations of multiple species of animals.
  2. Employ evidence-based approaches to veterinary technology.
  3. Evaluate and assess novel technologies for use in animal health, welfare and production.
  4. Evaluate, select and apply (or perform) appropriate procedures for assessing health and wellbeing of individuals and populations of multiple animal species.
  5. Evaluate, select and apply appropriate management and/or veterinary technology strategies for the optimal health and wellbeing of multiple species of animals.
  6. Evaluate, select and apply the strategies which benefit one-health, biosecurity, food safety and food security, and, the health and wellbeing of animals.
  7. Practice professional skills in veterinary technology-related activities including: 7.1 effective communication 7.2 ethical conduct 7.3 working effectively, responsibly and safely in an individual or team context.


Condition of admission:
Q Fever Vaccinations: Students in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology are required to be vaccinated against Q Fever (unless initial skin test indicates pre-existing immunity).

Condition of enrolment:
Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

Academic Program Rules for Bachelor of Veterinary Technology

There shall be a Bachelor of Veterinary Technology.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Bachelor of Veterinary Technology, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 72 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 66 units
  2. Elective courses to the value of 6 units
  3. Work based learning/Extra Mural Studies

Core Courses